There are thousands of species of fungi that exist in our environment, including many different types of mold. We are constantly exposed to multiple forms of fungi throughout the day, but there are a few types of mold that affect us most. Simply walking in your home and closing the door won’t save you from exposure, as there are multiple forms of indoor mold. Here’s a look at the most common types of indoor mold.
Mostly found in the outside environment, Cladosporium grows on plants and organic matter. It can become airborne and make its way into homes. Once inside, it will thrive on wallpaper and carpets that have been exposed to moisture. Cladosporium might not be the cause of any serious illness, but it can affect those living with asthma and may cause skin, eye, and sinus infections.
Unlike most forms of mold, Penicillium is found in almost all soil and is constantly airborne. Therefore, a high concentration of this fungi can result in allergic reactions. It can be found indoors on any damp surfaces such as walls, wallpaper, flooring, carpeting, mattresses, etc. Penicillium will also cause food to spoil and is easily spotted by its blue or yellow colored spores.
Alternaria is mostly found outdoors and will grow on nearby vegetation. The spores of this species are most active during dry temperatures and can spread with windy conditions. This type of mold does find its way indoors, being found in the dust of about 90 percent of homes across the U.S. It’s impossible to completely rid your home of it, but steps can be taken to minimize its presence.
Similar to Alternaria, Aspergillus is found almost everywhere and is impossible to banish from your home. Every day you have the possibility of breathing in these mold spores, and they can severely affect people with a weakened immune system. Sinus and lung infections can develop and eventually spread to other parts of your body.
Certain species of mold can be eliminated from your home, while others can not. For all types of mold, you can take steps to minimize the amount of spores inhabiting your home. Since mold can affect your health, it is best to hire an expert to begin the mold removal process. Call on the professionals at EnviroGreen Boston to get the job done for you. Mold doesn’t stand a chance against our non-toxic cleaning solutions and air duct cleaning process. To learn more or to schedule your free estimate, call (844) 775-7700 today!